Friday, July 3, 2020

July Begins

 When a friend and I were walking at a nearby park, I had to stop and snap this meadow-y view.  We need rain, but this location is so lush.  

One morning I lit candles and sang.  There's just something about flames, isn't there?  (contained, in the house, watched - not wild fires, of course)

 Sleepyhead finds all the softest places to continue napping.

My mom began reading The Shell Seekers again, so I did, too.  I like illustrating it as I go but then I get so absorbed that I don't want to stop and draw!

 I'm studying and preparing for our Community Bible Study's year of the book of John.  I want to be a good teacher to my fourth and fifth grade class. 

 I ordered this "blast from the past" and it's very pretty inside.  The photos remind me of wholesome meals consumed by my brothers and sisters, made by my diligent mother.  I altered the gingerbread recipe (gluten and dairy free) and it wasn't delicious.  That's okay.

 Here it is July.  I've hauled lots of cans of water to my pots already.  I hope I can keep it up.  I know I said I'd take some garden pictures, but I haven't yet.  I've been too busy potting, arranging, watering, and what not. 

 All of our kids and grands have fun plans for July 4th (except Jeff who is going to be working, keeping up with his busy hardwood floor company) so I'm thinking Bill and I might have a nice big breakfast (this is a photo of a Thanksgiving brunch we had one year) and then maybe just hot dogs and potato salad for dinner. 

I have a friend coming over for an outside cup of coffee in a little while.  I made the gingerbread for another outside coffee time earlier in the week and it really was a flop, so I'm just serving a few cookies this time.  
Later we're going to that fun Japanese grill restaurant where they throw knives around and sizzle fresh food on the grill right in front of you.  Samantha Rose invited us.
Off to iron something to wear.
Thank you for tuning in/checking in/reading my chit chat!


Julia said...

Happy 4th of July tomorrow, Pompom. I've been watering and watering since it's been so hot with no rain and the lawn has started to turn brown but luckily we had a good downpour with wind late yesterday afternoon. We have been having August temperatures since June this year.

That brunch looks very tasty. I love gingerbread with whipped cream but haven't made any for a long time.

I like your colorful display of flowers and boots.
Stay safe and happy.
Hugs, Julia

Lisa Richards said...

Looks like all is well with you! I see on Goodreads that you may be reading an A.W. Tozer book about John. I'm reading something by him right now, too. It's really HOT here. I'm sitting in front of a fan as I type. Love that meadow-y picture! Happy 4th!

Between Me and You said...

I think you got those illustrations in The Shell Seekers just right! I haven't read any of Rosamunde Pilcher, mainly because I worked with similar posh people but now I am FREE! I shall write soon and tell you all about it. I like the look of that Betty Crocker book. Glad you're getting out and about with your friends. Happy Independence Day to you when it gets there. xxxx

Jan said...

I love that Betty Crocker cookbook! I have my mother's original copy and I use it all of the time-it brings back good memories of my childhood and of a happier time in the world.

happyone said...

We've been having rain and sun and some beautiful summer days. Doesn't get very hot here so the weather is just perfect.
Cookies outside on the patio sounds nice. :)

Granny Marigold said...

How I wish I could send you some of the overabundant rain we're getting.
The Shell Seekers is by far my favourite of Rosamund Pilcher's books.
( In my mind Cosmo looks very different from yours though).

Sorry about your gingerbread.

ellen b. said...

Happy 4th of July to you and your family. Breakfast sounds delicious for the two of you and a simple dinner sounds just right for the 4th, too. Have fun!
Out to eat with entertainment...sounds lovely.

Betty said...

Happy 4th July to you all - hope you have that big breakfast and a lovely lazy day with family.

Bonnie K said...

You are certainly busy. Everything looks yummy.

Sarah H said...

Hope you had a lovely 4th July!

The Shell Seekers is my favourite book, I have read it so many times. Love the illustrations.

Jeanie said...

I love that you are illustrating the book as you read it! How fun is that. And that food looks fabulous!

Tiny Toadstool Cottage said...

I love Japanese food - have fun! All your flowers are so pretty.

Sondragayle said...

You are amazing and I love your blog but mostly just you. ♥️

Maggie said...

I read the Shell Seekers eons ago, might have to read it again after being reminded of it, not sure I could bring myself to draw on the pages though.
Glad you're meeting up with friends and socialising outdoors, shame about the gingerbread.
Hope your week is a good one.

Connie said...

I know the 4th is over now, but I do hope you had a sweet day. I enjoyed my visit this morning, as I always do when I stop by. Have a sweet week dear friend and God bless you. said...

Glad you and yours are well! I love your flowers. Have a wonderful summer! Kit

elizabeth said...

Iamso glad for all of these good things ❤❤❤❤

M.K. said...

Your flowers are so perky and happy! Those donuts make me hungry :) I hope your Japanese meal was very fun. The Shell Seekers is one of my favorite comfort movies. I always watch it with my Mother b/c she has an old VHS copy. Such a sweet story.